CU track nets seven first-place finishes at Jerry Quiller Classic

The University of Colorado track and field team got a good start to the outdoor season with seven first-place finishes at the Jerry Quiller Classic here Saturday at Potts Field.

The women performed well, with many finishing in the top-five of their respective events. The Buffs had three women finish in the top-five of the 100-meter hurdles, racking up first, fourth, and fifth place. All preparing to compete in the heptathlon the multi runners of Maja Donzo-Wichhart (14.29), Michaela Wenning (14.98) and Drianna Mustin (15.05) all finished in the top-five.

In the women’s 400 meter hurdles, CU swept the event, achieving two of fastest times in the country in the process. Gabby Scott won the event with a 59.46 time, only .07 off her personal record of 59.39 from last season. Eriana Henderson right Scott’s tail with a second place finish crossing the finish line in 59.97 to earn a PR time. Her previous best time came from the 2017 season where she clocked a 1:00.13 time. Freshman Valerie Welch finished in third with a 1:01.58 time.

The women managed to get first and second place in the 400 meter dash, with Alexandria Petersachieving a time of 56.17. Elissa Mann was able to get second place with a time of 57.47 seconds.

The men also had multiple victories on Saturday.

In the men’s 400 meters, the Buffs had the first three runners to cross the finish line. Jon Maas led the way in first place with a time of 48.49. That is the ninth fastest time in the 400 Meters in the NCAA in 2018 as of Saturday. Luke Desmond was behind Maas with a time of 49.09 to place second, and put him tied for 15th in the NCAA this year. The third place finisher was Kendall Smith who had a time of 49.17.

Alexander Billing was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. He posted a time of 14.43, which put him second behind Jordan Charles, who ran unattached.